The Diocese of Grand Rapids supports and strengthens those who evangelize and accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ as missionary disciples.

The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministries does this by:

  • Forming, equipping, and supporting parish, school, and organizational leaders in their ministry with young people and their families,
  • Modeling and fostering a ministry of accompaniment among young people of all cultures, languages, socioeconomic and geographic realities,
  • Partnering with parents to support families of young people as they witness to Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

Youth Ministries in the Diocese of Grand Rapids


Resources for Youth Ministry Leaders

The Diocese of Grand Rapids formally recognizes all those involved in ministry with young people who participate in initial and ongoing training and formation by awarding certification. Certification helps to advance youth ministry efforts in our diocese, enhance the skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers, and build credibility and confidence of pastors, families, and parishioners in youth ministry efforts.

The diocesan office recognizes most training opportunities and formation programs that provide spiritual formation, theological education, and the skills and knowledge for effective ministry with young people and their families.


Highlighted training and formation programs:

Aquinas College – Certificate in Theology and Youth Ministry Course Series

University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community – Youth Ministry Certificate

Life Teen and Franciscan University – Youth Ministry Certification


The Diocese of Grand Rapids is committed to protecting children and adults from harm. Our safe environment program aims to prevent sexual abuse within our community and to help heal the wounds of past victims. In compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has established policies and procedures for all adults involved in youth ministry in an effort to maintain safety for all children and young people.

The Ministry Management Portfolio is a document library of the policies, forms, and resources to assist parish youth ministry leaders in maintaining a safe environment. This site is for account users only and is password protected. Please contact Christine McCarty to request access.

Become an associate member today. Associate membership is open to individuals serving in various ministerial roles relevant to young Catholics. As a professional organization, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) supports and strengthens those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. This includes diocesan directors, directors and staff of youth-serving organizations, and parish coordinators of youth ministry.